Getting underway at 2.00pm for the first of seven races, the day’s racecard features not only the Group One Nassau Stakes, but also the hugely competitive Stewards’ Cup sprint.
2016 GLORIOUS GOODWOOD – DAY FIVE SELECTIONS
2:00 - Qatar Stewards´ Sprint Stakes (Handicap) (Consolation Race for The Qatar Stewards´ Cup) Cl2 6f
A competitive opening race on the final day of Glorious Goodwood, and this could offer up some clues as to where the best of the draw might fall for the Stewards’ Cup proper.
A tentative vote in the opener goes to Jamie Osborne’s MISTERIOSO
(16/1, William Hill
) who has found winning difficult since he was successful at Salisbury on only his second career start but to be fair to the Iffraaj colt, he had been set plenty of stiff assignments on the back of that win last season when trained by Richard Hannon.
He’s taken some time to find his stride for his current handler, but the drop to six furlongs seems to have rekindled some spark, and he produced a career best to resume winning ways at Ascot earlier in the month when gaining a narrow verdict over Merhoob, getting up late.
That was followed by a creditable fourth to Under Siege at Chelmsford where he wasn’t suited by the steady pace, and he should appreciate the much stronger pace he’s likely to get this time around. Positioned towards the centre of the track, he has a 6lbs penalty to defy, but he is unexposed over this trip and could have more to offer.
Misterioso can win the opening race on the final day of the 2016 Glorious Goodwood Festival.
2:35 - Qatar Handicap Cl2 1m4f
(8/1, William Hill
) has taken his form to a new level since his attentions were switched to handicapping this term, rattling off a hat-trick of successes at Bath, Nottingham and Sandown, and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge was only just denied a four-timer at Ascot earlier in the month behind Manjaam where he was beaten only a head.
The Sea The Stars colt showed battling qualities to rally once headed having tried to make the running, and likely to have more to offer over this distance despite being raised 4lbs in the weights he is taken to get the better of stablemate Shraaoh in the contest.
Ryan Moore has ridden the selection in two of his successes, and takes the reins once more with Frankie Dettorie claimed by Al Shaqab for the other Stoute runner, who has to bounce back from a Royal Ascot shocker last time; and the pair can get back to winning ways here.
3:10 - Qatar Nassau Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 1m1f192y
Only five runners line up for this Group One contest in what should be a penalty kick for Aidan O’Brien’s MINDING
) who is impossible to oppose as she bids to add this prize to her already impressive haul.
The Galileo filly is arguably the leading 3-y-o filly of the season, winning the 1000 Guineas and Oaks, and only narrowly beaten in the Irish 1000 Guineas despite enduring a troubled passage.
Having stormed to success in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh last time when running out an easy four length winner over Bocca Baciata who has since boosted the form further, she should have little trouble in despatching these rivals where it would be a huge shock if she were turned over.
Minding can land another big prize by winning Saturday's Nassau Stakes.
3:45 - Qatar Stewards´ Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 6f
) may be able to defy her big weight and land another valuable prize, having scored readily at York last time in Group Three company.
That success sees Eric Alston’s classy sprinter carry a 6lbs penalty for this assignment, but she could be up to the task having ran creditably this term prior to that all-the-way success.
The Bushranger mare is already a winner at this venue over five furlongs, but she has proved six furlongs to be well within her range and she has contested some valuable contests behind the likes of Jane’s Memory and Marsha this term in Listed company.
Her win last time has been franked by the fourth home going close in the recent Hackwood Stakes, while he fifth home has won a competitive Newmarket handicap; and her Ayr run has been similarly boosted so Eric Alston’s charge could still be well-in despite her penalty.
A half-sister to King’s Stand Stakes winner Profitable, the Bushranger mare is drawn low in the number two stall, and while she doesn’t need to make the running she is likely to be prominent and could prove up to defying this career-high rating back in a handicap.
4:20 - Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl2 7f
(Evens, Sky Bet
) found only a well-regarded Frankel colt too good when creating a fine impression on debut at Ascot earlier in the month, finishing just one length behind Seven Heavens but possibly flattered by the proximity.
William Haggas’ charge was an expensive purchase, and he showed plenty of ability when pulling clear of the third home although was no match for the cosy winner who looked to win with something in hand.
The fourth home has since won a minor race at Ffos Las, while the seventh home acquitted himself well in a strong maiden here earlier in the week, and the Exceed and Excel colt sets a stiff standard on the evidence of that debut run where typical improvement will likely see him hard to beat.
4:55 - Qatar Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 7f
(10/1, Sky Bet
) showed some good form as a juvenile, winning at Newmarket on her second outing and then finishing just three lengths’ behind Galileo Gold at Haydock on her final two-year old start.
The Dubawi colt missed a good part of this season, but he made a telling return when getting the better of the useful Mikmak at Doncaster last month on his return to action, and there was plenty to like about his run in third when beaten just over one length behind Von Blucher at Newmarket in the Bet365 Mile last time out earlier in the month where the trip might just have stretched his stamina.
Back down in trip here, he looks open to further improvement and can bounce back to winning form under James Doyle.
James Doyle can bag another winner at Glorious Goodwood by steering Hornsby to success.
6:00 - Qatar Apprentice Stakes (Handicap) Cl3 1m1f
(6/1, Sky Bet
) won twice for Olly Stevens, scoring on the all-weather at both Kempton and Lingfield, and posting some creditable efforts in defeat inbetween those successes.
Having been moved to George Baker’s yard, he shaped as if in need of the run behind Capo Rosso at Haydock in June; but he produced much better form to get back to winning ways with a defeat of Bold Prediction at Yarmouth last time where first-time cheekpieces looked to produce some improvement in the Teofilo gelding.
The headgear is retained for this assignment, and just 2lbs higher he can follow up if arriving in similar mood with the prospect of improvement still to come from the lightly raced sort.
2016 GLORIOUS GOODWOOD – DAY FIVE SELECTIONS